We left Houston on Wednesday morning for IAH, flew American Airlines to Charlotte, close connection for our American flight to Madrid.   I was hoping to be able to sleep some of the 8 hr flight.  Wrong. MA had no problems sleeping and I had a really good book with me,  Not Between Brothers, by David Marion Wilkinson.  It is a novel about early Texas. Great read.


Walk around the hotel

We arrived in Madrid as the sun was coming up and after clearing customs and finding our luggage (that’s always a good start) we quickly found the Viking Representative who drove us to our hotel.    Viking has put us up in the Intercontinental Hotel near the old part of Madrid. This is a modern elegant hotel with a very hospitable staff. We got into our room around 11am, then walked around a little, had a coffee and ending up taking a nice long nap.  We were up four hours later in time to meet some of the people we would spend the next two weeks with in Lisbon and on the Viking river cruise.


Lobby Meeting of the Viking guests

  Mary Alice and I found a restaurant near the hotel, enjoyed some tapas and and called it a day! Friday we take a bus tour of the city with our fellow Viking passengers and Friday evening we have a Tapa’s tour of three restaurants where we will sample various Tapa’s and a class of wine or two.  Stay tuned!